Thornton Dial (1928-2016)
Thornton Dial (1928-2016)

Almost Black, 2004

Thornton Dial (1928-2016)
Almost Black, 2004
clothing, tin, oil, enamel and spray paint on canvas laid down on wood
85 x 60 in.
Tinwood Alliance, Atlanta (acquired directly from the artist)
Acquired from the above in 2005
Joanne Cubbs et al., Thornton Dial in the 21st Century (Atlanta, 2005), p. 80.
Joanne Cubbs and Eugene Metcalf, eds., Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial (Indianapolis, 2011), p. 116.
Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Thornton Dial in the 21st Century, 25 September 2005 - 8 January 2006.
Indianapolis Museum of Art; New Orleans Museum of Art; Charlotte, North Carolina, Mint Museum; Atlanta, High Museum of Art, Hard Truths: The Art of Thornton Dial, 25 February - 15 May 2011 (Indianapolis); 26 February - 20 May 2012 (New Orleans); 2 July - 30 September 2012 (Charlotte); 23 March - 16 June (Atlanta).

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Lot Essay

Born in Emelle, Alabama, Thornton Dial worked for thirty years as a railroad welder for the Pullman Standard Company before he began making art. Coming of age amidst the most consequential episodes in twentieth-century African American history made Dial and his work inseparable from the strengths, suffering and experiences he witnessed and which his art depicts. Strongly influenced by his personal journey, this work illustrates Dial’s youth coinciding with the struggling rural farming communities during the Great Depression. Fashioned from worn clothing, tin, oil and spray paint, Dial creates a black, textured surface mimicking scorched earth, barren of any signs of prosperity.
Dial’s use of multi-layered narrative is one of the many compelling elements prominently featured here and throughout his greater body of work. His art is held in many important museum collections, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.

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